All Questions

1
vote
1answer
41 views

Does the UK subsidise fossil fuels more than other European countries?

According to a recent report in the Guardian the UK has much higher subsidies on fossil fuels than other European countries (presumably, it is the Guardian, this is a very bad thing). They report: ...
1
vote
0answers
43 views

Is the global inequality as measured by the Gini index rising or falling?

Olle Hammar et al write in Global Earnings Inequality, 1970–2015: Our main finding is that global earnings inequality has declined, primarily during the 2000s, when the global ...
0
votes
0answers
70 views

Did monotheism lead to more victims than polytheism?

According to Yuval Noah Harari's book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century monotheism was a rather bad idea than polytheism and thus created more victims. I cannot find the exact quote, but one from the ...
7
votes
1answer
195 views

Does the Earth only have 60 years of harvests before the top soil is lost?

According to this 2014 Scientific American article by Chris Arsenault Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top ...
1
vote
0answers
78 views

Do Gunnar glasses (or similar) reduce eye strain more than changing the blue levels of a LCD screen?

An older question asks if Gunnar glasses actually work but I am interested in whether the same benefit can be obtained from reducing the blue light emitted by a LCD screen. Whilst some mobiles and ...
3
votes
1answer
265 views

Did Gigi Wu (“bikini climber”) die of hypothermia because she was only wearing a bikini?

Example claim from a verified Facebook user: So you're saying we shouldn't walk around on top of steep mountains while wearing bikinis? https://kprcradio.iheart.com/featured/the-pursuit-of-...
1
vote
0answers
42 views

Is it useful for K12 students to be equipped with laptops? [on hold]

In an education technology conference held recently, Microsoft was promoting several new brands of relatively-cheap laptops/tablets for use by schoolchildren. Microsoft's "general manager of ...
1
vote
0answers
85 views

Does Saw Palmetto extract reverse hair loss?

Saw Palmetto extract is derived from the fruit of a palm tree. It is commonly claimed to be a treatment for pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia). Some say it works by preventing the conversion of ...
4
votes
0answers
145 views

Were 59% of British people unable to name the then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015?

According to this article The British public still have no idea what they voted for with Brexit – it’s not elitist to admit it, it is claimed: A survey carried out in the run up to the 2015 general ...
25
votes
1answer
6k views

Do fevers caused by infection not exceed 105 °F (40.6 °C)?

This question is prompted by but distinct from Is fever (temperature) below 106° F harmful? That question asks about whether fevers below that temperature can cause harm. This question is asking ...
-5
votes
1answer
148 views

Does carbon dioxide pollute the atmosphere? [on hold]

Following the explosive growth in the use of coal for industrial processes, in which the UK from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s was memorably darkened with soot, the public became aware of "pollution"...
14
votes
1answer
493 views

Do a significant proportion of the British public think “no-deal” Brexit means staying in the EU?

Brexit is the plan to take the UK out of the European Union. The way the law is currently framed means that this will happen automatically at the end of march 2019 if no transition deal is arranged. ...
10
votes
1answer
760 views

Is fever (temperature) below 106° F harmful?

Parents and pediatricians rush to treat low grade fever with acetaminophen and other powerful pain killers. Medical researchers refer to the over zealous treatment of non hazardous fever as fever ...
-2
votes
0answers
195 views

Has Trump stated whether he is still proud to own the shutdown? [on hold]

Before the shutdown began, trump said that he would be "proud" to own it. On the 4th of January, he said that he was still proud of the shutdown. I haven't heard him being proud since and just ...
1
vote
0answers
57 views

Is vaping a healthier alternative to smoking? [duplicate]

I’ve heard from some people and advertisements that vaping is healthier than smoking, and vaping should be more popular because it causes less damage to the lungs. Is this really true, or have I been ...
50
votes
3answers
10k views

Did only one banker in the US go to prison for the Financial Crisis of 2007-08?

In the movies The Big Short (2015) and Capitalism, a love story (2009), it is claimed that only a single banker, Kareem Serageldin, went to prison for the Financial crisis of 2007–2008, for which many ...
3
votes
1answer
379 views

Was the quantity of Fentanyl imported in 2018 enough to kill every American?

ABC reporter Meridith McGraw, who covers the White House, recently tweeted: Inbox: For a payment of $20.20, the Trump campaign says they will send a “faux brick” to Pelosi and Schumer’s offices “...
0
votes
0answers
150 views

Chocolate milk drink and brown cows [duplicate]

At at TV quiz game they claimed that about 16 millions adult Americans believe that chocolate or cocoa milk drinks are milked from brown cows. As it is unbelievable I've quickly searched for it and ...
13
votes
1answer
505 views

Did fake news on Facebook influence US elections in 2016?

I've encountered repeated references to fake news on Facebook influencing various elections. Example from a often quoted Facebook critique in Time Magazine: As a result, when confronted with ...
0
votes
0answers
103 views

Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy [closed]

Is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy proven for post surgical pain and edema?
139
votes
4answers
26k views

Does YouTube delete video dislikes?

On some YouTube videos, particularly highly downvoted ones, I often see comments asserting that their dislikes on the video are being deleted, either by YouTube or the channel itself. From the ...
0
votes
0answers
233 views

did Trump average one false claim every 34 seconds? [closed]

This video is doing the rounds on facebook. It claims that trump made one false claim ever 34 seconds. It then goes on to show the speech, interrupting on each claimed lie. Are the supposed lies ...
0
votes
1answer
137 views

Does elective single embryo transfer (eSET) reduce pro-life hangups against IVF? [closed]

On the Centers for Disease Control website about Elective Single Embryo Transfer or eSET, health experts count the risks of multiple births as including: Some who become pregnant with multiples may ...
7
votes
1answer
297 views

Will the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah be the 'longest bridge' in the world?

In any metric, this doesn't seem to qualify as the longest bridge in the world. I could be miscalculating, but a number of articles are using the title 'longest'. The articles below are highlights ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

Is this image of a skinny polar bear misleading? [closed]

Today I saw this image comparing a polar bear from 2009 to one from 2019: It’s been shared nearly 50k times, as of writing this. My question is is this accurate? My main suspicions are the following:...
3
votes
1answer
638 views

Does Heads Up Texas Hold'em have more possible hands than atoms in the universe?

In the Vice (HBO) clip AI Poker Bots Are Beating The World's Best Players, it is claimed (at 2:00), that Texas Hold'em has "more possible hands than atoms in the universe". ..this competition ...
-6
votes
0answers
152 views

Is U.S. Representative Steve King a white supremacist and a white nationalist? [closed]

This question is not intended to nor does it contain any content which promotes or discredits any individual or political party, nor ask about future events. This question asks about evidence ...
3
votes
1answer
362 views

Does getting regular adjustments by a Chiropractor help prevent getting or lessen the severity of any diseases?

This website claims that getting regular adjustments by a Chiropractor helps your immune system and thus can help prevent getting or lessen the severity of disease. It supports this claim with links ...
-1
votes
0answers
354 views

Is this list of demands of British yellow vest protestors genuine?

A Twitter post by James Felton has received over 2000 retweets. It includes a picture of a piece of paper printed with the following text: UK YELLOW VESTS AND WHAT WE STAND FOR!!!!! JUSTICE ...
8
votes
1answer
545 views
+50

Is the European NO₂ limit of 40 µg/m³ for outside air backed by strong evidence?

According to the Umwelt Bundesamt, the average annual limit for the NO₂ concentration is set to 40 µg/m³ with the intention to protect people with asthma, small children and older people, especially ...
10
votes
2answers
702 views

Will rats given the ability to artificially stimulate their pleasure centers starve to death?

There's a widely-held belief [example] that a rat will starve itself to death if given a lever to press that will stimulate some "pleasure center" via electrodes implanted in its brain. Supposedly, ...
62
votes
3answers
14k views

Did college students clamor for cyanide pills in student health clinics in the 1980's in America?

According to the article Media Throw Everything at the Wall to See What Sticks: Witless college students demanded cyanide pills be stocked in campus health care clinics, on the grounds that Reagan ...
23
votes
1answer
5k views

Have Democrats attacked Trump's proposed wall as “medieval”?

In this video President Trump says "They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel". The official transcript says: Democrats have refused to listen to the border agents, and they say this is a ...
80
votes
1answer
12k views

Was the wheel invented before the wall?

So, this extraordinary claim has been getting a lot of publicity lately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQKrfGCd7I8 They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall. ...
32
votes
1answer
5k views

Has the FTSE lost more value in 12 months than the UK has paid into the EU during the 45 years since they joined?

Regarding the claim “The FTSE has lost more value in 12 months than the UK has paid into the EU during the 45 years since we joined.” Is this claim accurate and furthermore what does this mean? Is ...
52
votes
3answers
10k views

Is only 4% of original forest left in the US?

The 2009 video The Story of Stuff makes several rather incredible claims. For example: Where I live, in the United States, we have less than 4% of our original forests left. My gut feeling tells ...
6
votes
1answer
815 views

Do illegal immigrants commit more murders than mass shooters?

Notable claim The claim I wish to examine is from dcwhispers.com, Case in point—the number of deaths, assaults, and sex crimes, including human trafficking, taking place on America’s southern ...
59
votes
1answer
10k views

Is it less dangerous to box without gloves than with gloves?

From this YouTube video by Today I Found Out, Most pertinent here, is that neither boxer would be wearing gloves in such a classic match. As paradoxical as it sounds, boxing without gloves is ...
81
votes
2answers
12k views

Was there a negative response to the video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing? [closed]

There have been several stories in the media about how a video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing has caused conservatives to mock or shame her for it. News sources where this claim is made: So ...
20
votes
1answer
919 views

Were there more suicides than violent deaths worldwide in 2018?

According to this article at lidovky.cz, there were more suicides than violent deaths all over the world in 2018. Is that true? The important part of the original (Czech) article: 817 000 versus ...
55
votes
4answers
16k views

Did hominids and non-avian dinosaurs ever coexist?

Although the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs is dated at ~66 million years ago there are a number of purported cave drawings that I've found online that (if verified and interpreted in a certain ...
12
votes
1answer
704 views

Did an unmarried couple in Iran get shot for holding hands in 2007?

In this video from 2007 Douglas Murray, a British journalist and critic of Islam, says: In Iran, when people - when a couple were shot the other week for holding hands when not being married, the ...
1
vote
0answers
212 views

Did the Mayo Clinic in the 1900s find 4-5 quarts (~4 litres) of raw milk a day to be healthy?

According to this claim by realmilk.com, THE MILK CURE: In the early 1900s, the Mayo Clinic administered the “Milk Cure,” which consisted in drinking 4-5 quarts of raw milk per day, obtaining ...
7
votes
1answer
640 views

Does 5G pose health risks?

Among others, the website RadiationHealthRisks claims: Second, according to experts, because of the shorter length of millimeter waves (MMV) required by 5G to support the bandwidth, these ...
13
votes
1answer
1k views

Is there a 2.5 mile diameter object crawling along the Pacific floor?

Sputnik News reported in 2017 An unusual object of surprising size was spotted potentially crawling across the floor of the Pacific Ocean, some 3,000 feet below the surface. The object has a 2....
-10
votes
1answer
556 views

Is the Earth flat? [closed]

The Christian bible has a number of verses that suggests the Earth is flat. Isaiah 40:22: He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out ...
3
votes
0answers
104 views

Does drinking coffee interfere with magnesium absorption?

I heard often that coffee deplete magnesium in your body, both in ads for magnesium supplements, on so called "wellness" websites but also on some scientific papers. Some sources claim that it's ...
9
votes
1answer
655 views

Does homosexuality in males steeply decline with age?

The 2013 book My Genes Made Me Do It! Homosexuality and the Scientific Evidence (text) argues that homosexuality is, at most, only weakly and indirectly genetically based, and that conversion ...
5
votes
2answers
367 views

Do Low-skill workers earn one cent in extra income for every 19 cents the government spends on walling off Mexico

From Quartz - The ROI on border walls is terrible, the following claim was made:: Low-skill workers earn one cent in extra income for every 19 cents the government spends on walling off Mexico It ...
17
votes
0answers
606 views

Was it illegal in Venezuela for doctors to list starvation as cause of death for children?

In this video Jordan Peterson says the following: Do you know that it is now illegal for physicians to list starvation as the cause of death for a Venezuelan child in a hospital. That's how ...

15 30 50 per page